February 22, 2021
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Utility Electrical and Control Systems Unit (Position Code 0260)
Assistant Engineer I-Control Systems: $8,446.53 - $10,816.00 monthly
Assistant Engineer II-Control Systems: $9,325.33 - $11,937.47 monthly

Under direct or general supervision, performs control systems engineering assignments in support of the planning, design, construction and implementation, operation, and maintenance of the Valley Water (District) facilities and systems including, but not limited to, conducting engineering studies and preparing and reviewing reports, designs, and construction plans and specifications; manages small control systems engineering projects and/or manages a specific phase (planning, design, or construction) of a larger control systems engineering project; and performs a variety of tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Support the Utility Electrical and Control Systems Engineering team to successfully plan, design, and inspect all phases of process control system engineering portion of the capital and operations projects, including defining the scope of the project; contacting and supplying potential vendors with adequate information for bids; evaluate bids; work with purchasing and legal to secure a contract to provide the needed work; conduct surveying and engineering analysis of alternatives; prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates; perform research for control systems and hardware components; develop technical specification and plans; coordinate construction schedules with other projects and Divisions; assist with programming development; and inspect/test construction of projects to ensure compliance with construction documents.
• Assist in troubleshoot and repair existing electrical and control systems (both hardware and software).
• Assist in the update of District standards for control system programs and in the development of District control panel and instrument standards.
• Provide Project Planning and Project Management services; participate in project control including progress, schedule, costs forecasts, variances, critical path, change management, annual walk-through and closeout procedures as assigned; conduct and participate in project review meetings.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
Ideal Experience:
Assistant Engineer I - Control Systems
One year of Control Systems engineering is desirable.
Assistant Engineer II - Control Systems
Two (2) years of professional control system engineering experience.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Operations, services, and activities of an electrical and control systems including electronic and electrical systems in water production, treatment, and distribution and energy and water conservation.
  • Principles and practices of electrical engineering design and installation.
  • Electrical engineering theory and design concepts for process control, electronic and electrical systems.
  • Principles and practices of project scheduling, management, and budgeting.

Ideal Knowledge:
Assistant Engineer I - Control Systems

  • Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of control system engineering.
  • Principles and practices of control systems network administration.
  • Operational characteristics of control systems hardware and software.
  • Principles of mathematics and its application to control system engineering work.
  • Practices of researching control system engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
  • Office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.

Assistant Engineer II - Control Systems
In addition to the knowledge for Assistant Engineer I - Control Systems:

  • Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • Recent and on-going control system engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Ideal Training and Education:
Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science/Engineering from ABET accredited college.

Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
Closing Date/Time: 2/28/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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